Vintage Handmade Fordite Motor Agate Pendant 24" Silver Tone Chain Costume Jewelry Petroliana

Vintage Handmade Fordite Motor Agate Pendant 24
Vintage Handmade Fordite Motor Agate Pendant 24
Vintage Handmade Fordite Motor Agate Pendant 24
Vintage Handmade Fordite Motor Agate Pendant 24


Very cool handmade fordite pendant on 24" silver tone chain. The pendant measures 2" long.

Fordite is also called "Motor Agate" or "Detroit Agate".

Some info on fordite the net:

"Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The original layered automotive paint slag “rough” was made incidentally, years ago, by the now extinct practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars in big automotive factories.

The oversprayed paint in the painting bays gradually built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colorful layers built up there. These layers were hardened repeatedly in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some of these deeper layers were even baked 100 times. "

Also about fordite care from the net:

"Fordite comes in different varieties that have somewhat different tolerances and strengths. It is inherently rather fragile to begin with, so it should be treated with care. You might compare it in that regard to a pearl. Fordite has a soft to medium surface hardness, and it will take a nice glassy polish.

General cleaning can be accomplished with warm soapy water. However, like other softer materials used in jewelry, fordite may pick up tiny, light scratches with frequent wear. The quick solution? Using a fine car polishing compound like Turtle Wax, and buffing to a high shine with a soft, 100% cotton cloth, or just green jewelers rouge. This will revive the luster in a well worn piece without damaging the pattern." Ultrasound jewelry cleaner and fluid is not recommended.

On the reverse side of the pendant, I noticed cut marks from when it was made by the artisan. View 3rd photo.

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